And with that Plunderer has officially left behind its introduction. All major questions have been answered, the main objective now revealed. Only thing left to determine is how far the show plans to get in the four weeks it has remaining. Or you know, how many more fan service episodes we can squeeze in.
While Plunderer wasn’t nice enough to give us some further tidbits on Hina’s maternal origins, at least the biggie is out of the way: the daddy is Tokikaze. Pretty sure few saw this one coming, especially considering the manner of his disappearance, but it does explain why Licht never took the girl up on her very blatant offer—even if the previous voyeurism kind of defeats the principle. This origin though does raise another question regarding Hina’s age, because she is definitely not 300 years old, and it’s highly unlikely circumstance caused her to suddenly leap forward in time. Nana’s recent time travel shenanigans could’ve had something to do with it of course (the butterfly effects have been left deliberately ambiguous), but there’s obviously another piece to the puzzle which may (or may not) come up before all is said and done. Licht alone for example is unlikely to have stolen the Ballot that just happened to end up in Tsukina’s hands.
Speaking of Ballots, oh boy is there fun to come from this angle. Ignoring the one who acquired that seventh Ballot, we not only have the remaining six split between Schmerman’s clique and Alcia’s military, but an apparent unanimous vote renewal required to keep that lovely utopia flying high in the sky. Top that off with some institutional turf wars and Licht out to break the system and you pretty well know where this story is headed. While plenty of unknowns remain to be revealed (Schmerman’s switch to evil being high on the list), for once we have a largely conventional showdown on our hands, with the only real question being which side comes out on top and when—because that answer will determine whether Alcia remains a thing. Doubt we’ll get that far before the end of the season mind you, but at least there’ll be plenty of theatrics to help keep matters interesting.
After all, everyone’s favourite bully is now back for more.